Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Toyota RAV4 - Curt

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Toyota RAV4

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Toyota RAV4, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt custom fit class two trailer hitch receiver, part number is C12108. Here's what your hitch is gonna look like installed on your RAV4. You're gonna have the rounded cross tube, comes all the way across. It's gonna meet here in the middle at our inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening. You see that's finished off with the nice flushed looking reinforcement caller, sits inside the outer edge of our bumper, so it's gonna be easy to get to but not something you're gonna run into. Here we've got our half-inch diameter pin hole.

You wanna make sure that you use a class two accessory. You should have plenty of room there for whatever type you wanna use, but it's just a pin and clip, locking hitch pin, or anti rattle device.A class two hitch is gonna be a pretty versatile hitch. Just wanna make sure that your accessories are rated as class two and they have the inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening. Very often you'll see accessories that are gonna have a two inch by two inch opening or a two inch by two inch shank, and clearly that's not gonna fit in this hitch. Now you can see we've got a plate style safety chain connection point here.

This is gonna be on each side of the receiver tube opening. We've got kind of smaller ovals than what we see on some of the other hitches available for this model RAV4, so if you plan on towing a trailer that has large hooks, this might not be the best option. The hitch is gonna give us a 350 pound tongue weight rating, so that's the maximum downward force you can put at the receiver tube opening. And we have a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That'd be the total weight of your trailer and anything you we're to load up on it.

One thing you do wanna check, though, is the owner's manual for the RAV4 and see what its tow rating is and not exceed whichever one is lowest.Now something to keep in mind with this hitch, Curt does recommend the use of a stabilization strap when you're hauling a non-wheeled load. That's gonna be something other than a trailer like a bike rack or cargo carrier. Now a few measurements that you'll find helpful when selecting your bike rack or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, we've got about 13 inches. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper is about 3 1/4. Now depending on the model of RAV4 you have, that's gonna determine how you start your installation.

On the driver's side sometimes there's gonna be a cover right here. If you have that, you're gonna take out two push pin fasteners that will be attached here and one little plastic nut that threads up on the stud. If you don't have it, you can proceed to moving either the tie-down hook that should be held in place with these two bolts or if that doesn't exist, just to remove the two bolts. We'll use a 17 millimeter socket.Now over on the passenger's side, you're gonna follow your exhaust tip up just a little bit. You'll see this rubber hanger right here. We're gonna get that removed. That's gonna give us some space to get in there and get our bolts of hardware attached. To do that we're gonna use a little bit of sprayed lubricant, and then if you grab the bottom of it with a large screwdriver or a pry bar, it should slide off there for you. All right, you can see that's just gonna come down a little bit. We've got an attachment point right there, right there. Gonna hit those with a little bit of spray lubricant, we can clean them out. And over on the driver's side they're gonna be in the same spot. Take care of also lubricating and cleaning those. Now to get those cleaned out, I'm using the nylon tube brush. If you don't have one at home, part number is 814092. Just wanna get any dirt that might be in there or any rust out of there so our hardware will thread in smoothly. Do that on both sides.Now we're ready to get our hitch lifted into position. I'm gonna guide the passenger's side up and over the exhaust there first. Bring your driver's side up. We just wanna line up our weld points. Take our provided hardware and thread that in. You want the teeth of your washer to be facing up toward the hitch as you install it. Now we'll get one installed on the passenger's side here. That'll hold it in position while we get our others started. Now we'll take a quick look. Just wanna make sure your hitch is centered. We can start snugging down our fasteners. We're gonna use a 19 millimeter. Now we'll torque all four fasteners down to the specifications listed in our instructions. Now we'll get our exhaust put back up into place. If you need to you can use a little bit more spray lubricant there to help it slide on. Now according to the instructions, you can just leave this panel off, but if you choose to, you can trim around and just make room for your hitch side plate and put it back up.And that's gonna complete our installation of the Curt custom fit class two trailer hitch receiver, part number C12108 on our 2018 Toyota RAV4.

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